The month of July has been tagged Celebrity Birthday Month as notable faces in the music and movie industries added a year to their age. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM brings you five entertainers who marked their birthdays this July even though Ramsey Nouah disclaimed his own date which he termed wrong.
Though he is one of Nigeria's veteran actors, Olu Jacobs is no stranger to Nigerian movies. His charisma and manner of delivery are legendary - drawing him admiration from various facet of life. His infectious baritone and interpretation of roles are a director's delight.
Olu who has been in the industry for over 37 years, is now a bridge between the old and the new, a motivator to the youths. Born July 11, 1942, he is currently in London, for the theatre play, "King Must Dance Naked" which they are staging to show solidarity for the Nigerian contingent to the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is 70.
Born in Enugu on July 17, 1976, he is the last of the family of five, and a native of Nawfia, in Anambra State. He attended WTC Primary School and College of the Immaculate Conception, both in Enugu. He went on to study Theatre Arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State.
He discovered his acting ability in church, but he had his first movie acting experience in the year 2000, when he featured in a movie titled Hatred (pts. 2 & 3). Since then he has gone on to become a household name. Today, he is a major actor, fan favourite, and corporate brand ambassador.
Some of the movies he has featured in include Boy's Cot, War Game, Black Bra, and Across The Bridge. He is the recipient of various awards for acting. These include the award for Best Actor (City People Entertainment Awards, 2009). A cheery Birthday to Nonso Diobi.
It was another cool celebration on Thursday, July 12, 2012, when cast and crew members on the movie set, '76', in Ibadan took time off their busy schedule to have fun with sexy and one of the best dressed Nollywood thespians, Rita Dominic on her birthday.
The 2012 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) winner reportedly turned 37 that day. Around to celebrate with Rita, who has spent about four months on that particular movie set in Ibadan, was star actor, Ramsey Nouah.
Rita Dominic is one of the best contemporary Nollywood actors that has risen through the ranks to become successful in the industry. Her good sense and style of adoring the red carpets is exceptional. She is smart, intelligent and pretty.
According to most media sources (including Wikipedia) the birth date of Nollywood superstar Ramsey Nouah is July 16, 1973.
However, over the weekend, the actor revealed that this date is wrong and that the correct date is actually December 19, 1970.
The actor is reported to have said:
"My birthday is not July 16, 1973 as represented on Wikipedia and several impostors of mine on social media sites including facebook and twitter.
"That birthday information is very false, I was born on December 19, 1970, just a bunch of folks peddling false information".
The actor has appealed for the mistake to be corrected on as many other media outlets as possible.
Also clarified is that the surname of the actor is Nouah, not Noah as it is commonly misspelt.
Wiz-Kid (Ayodeji Balogun)
People are still blowing the candles off and celebrating Wizkid as he adds a year.
Wizkid aka Ayodeji Balogun who turned 23 was born July 16, 1989. The Azonto crooner burst on to national prominence in 2009, when he collaborated with M.I on his song, "Fast Money, Fast Cars" on the 'Talk About It' album. His distinct voice, singing style and penchant for great song writing made people to notice him.
It did not take long for Banky W to sign him on to his Empire Mates Entertainment record label. After featuring prominently on Banky's "The W Experience" album to much acclaim.
It was a matter of time before he released his own, much anticipated album, 'Superstar'. After a very successful album launch, with his career being white-hot right now, the sky is certainly not the limit for this young man. Happy Birthday Wiz!